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Another state lawmaker is joining the race for the 2nd District congressional seat in eastern Kansas.

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Another Kansas state lawmaker has become the third Republican to enter the race to succeed retiring GOP U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Rep. Kevin Jones of Wellsville in east-central Kansas' Franklin County announced his candidacy Wednesday for the 2nd Congressional District seat held by Lynn Jenkins.

Forty-two-year-old Jones has served in the legislature since 2013.

Jenkins has represented the 2nd District since 2009. After being re-elected in 2016, the GOP congresswoman revealed her intention not to seek another term in 2018.

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Kansas state Sen. Steve Fitzgerald says he’s running for Congress in the 2nd District to keep the seat in Republican hands.

Five-term Republican Lynn Jenkins now holds the seat, but she is not running for re-election.

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Two Kansas lawmakers say they are okay after reports of a shooting at a congressional baseball practice outside Washington, D.C., Wednesday morning.

NPR reports Louisiana Republican Rep. Steve Scalise, one of his aides, and two Capitol Police were injured in the shooting.

Rep. Kevin Yoder of Johnson County and Rep. Roger Marshall of the "Big First" district in western Kansas are both on the roster for the GOP's team, which was preparing for a charity game.

A Yoder spokesperson tells KCUR the congressman was not at the practice Wednesday.

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Paul Davis, a former legislator and Democratic candidate for Kansas governor, said Thursday he is considering a run for the 2nd District congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins.

Davis narrowly lost to incumbent Republican Sam Brownback in the 2014 race for governor. Davis is from Lawrence and served as the Democratic leader in the Kansas House of Representatives.

In an interview Thursday, Davis said he has concerns about some of President Donald Trump’s proposed policies.

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Kansas 2nd District Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins was jeered Monday at a town hall meeting in Lawrence for defending President Donald Trump and the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

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Kansas 2nd District Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins says she will leave her seat at the end of this term and explore jobs in the private sector.

There have been rumors about her running for Kansas governor in 2018, as Gov. Sam Brownback's second term will be ending. In a statement, Jenkins seems to put those rumors to rest.

"I will not be running for any office in 2018. In two years, at the conclusion of this Congress, I plan to retire and explore opportunities to return to the private sector, allowing a new citizen legislator to step up and serve Kansans," Jenkins says.

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Kansas Rep. Lynn Jenkins will be leaving a position on the House Republicans' leadership team when the newly elected Congress convenes in January.

Jenkins said Wednesday that she is stepping down as GOP conference vice chairwoman to focus on health care and tax reform legislation.

She's seen as a potential candidate for governor in 2018 to replace term-limited Republican Sam Brownback. Jenkins said she's always willing to consider opportunities for returning to Kansas.

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Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins and other officials toured the Guantanamo Bay detention center last week.

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Reuters is reporting that the Obama administration will not use an executive order to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center. Closing the facility could have an impact on Kansas.

An executive order may have been President Obama’s best chance to close the facility during his remaining time in office. Congress has taken steps to block the transfer of detainees to the U.S. mainland, so they seem unlikely to bargain with the president on the issue.

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